A workspace is your sanctuary. It’s a place where you open your mind and fill the expanse like gas in a bottle. Knowing this, it stands to reason that your workspace is a representation of your mind and vice versa. So if your workspace is cluttered, then, so too, will be your mind. But the size of your mind doesn’t always match the capacity of your workspace. Sometimes, your office is small and space is limited. So, how do you fit all of your work and put it into a small space? Here are some ideas for transforming a small space into a workable home office.

Consolidation and accessibility

An entrepreneur working while drinking tea
An entrepreneur working while drinking tea

Time is precious; every hour, minute, and second of every day is important. This is especially true for entrepreneurs. The time it takes you to look for a document on a messy desk, in an unorganized file cabinet, or cluttered hard drive could mean the loss of a sale, big contract, or important business deal. In order to combat these setbacks in a small space, our resources must be consolidated and accessible.

Consolidation and organization are the first steps because if everything is organized, it is easier to find what you need. This increases efficiency, which is especially helpful with time-sensitive cases or when you have just minutes between meetings. This is also helpful for your mental health. Being organized helps your mind process much more efficiently and increases work productivity. But this is just me; try it out for yourself and see what it does for you.

Create a system

An overhead shot of an entrepreneur hustling
An overhead shot of an entrepreneur hustling

Although this may not be the case for everyone, some of us are quite messy and find it difficult to organize the multitude of things in and around our desk and even on our devices, myself included. If this true for you, find a system to help alleviate this problem. Our minds are like computers in that the process data via a system of routines and sub-routines which we follow to complete certain tasks. And by following these routines, we achieve the desired result most of the time. Your workspace should be the same way, so find a system, experiment and feel it out, and discover what’s best for you. This leads to accessibility.

You’ve created a system; now, make sure you can access it

An entrepreneur working in a home office with a view of outside
An entrepreneur working in a home office with a view of outside

Accessibility is simply the easy access or retrieval of the tools and resources at your disposal. A letter opener isn’t much use if it’s far away when you need it most. This is not the best example, but my point is that whether you’re a big organizer or you have a system that works for you, it is ideal that you keep your important tools and resources within access. This not only saves time but that, in turn, increases productivity because you spend less time searching and running around for your things and more time working on your projects or assignments.

So in conclusion, the two things you need to transform a small space into an office is consolidation and accessibility. Because putting in monitors, filing cabinets, and telephones is the easy part, but to make a space work for you, the key is to find your system and put it to use.  

What have you done to create a home office with limited space? Let us know in the comments!

This article originally published on GREY Journal.